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       Grand Prix II for DOS
       FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
       Last revised: January 21, 1997
    
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    System Requirements
    ===================
    IBM PC 100MHz 80486DX/4 compatible or faster
    DOS 5.0 or later (or 16MB RAM if running under Windows 95)
    8MB RAM
    Double-speed CD-ROM drive (300K/sec sustained transfer rate)
    VGA graphics for 320 x 200 x 256 colors or
    Super VGA graphics (VESA required) for 640 x 480 x 256 colors
    Hard drive (15MB free)
    Microsoft-compatible mouse
    
    Supported
    ---------
    Sound Blaster (or 100% compatible), ProAudio Spectrum or Gravis
      UltraSound sound card
    
    Steering wheel
    Pedals
    
    Recommended
    -----------
    IBM PC 90MHz Pentium compatible or faster
    16MB RAM
    Local bus or PCI Super VGA video card with 1MB video RAM
      (VESA required)
    Joystick
    Required for Multiplayer Option
    
    100% Hayes-compatible 9600 baud modem or faster (for 2-player mode)
    Null-modem serial cable (for 2-player mode)
    
    
    Memory and System Requirements
    ==============================
    
    Grand Prix II requires 8MB RAM (16MB RAM if running under Windows 95).
    We recommend playing the game in MS-DOS mode and not in a DOS box
    under Windows 95.
    
    SmartDrive and other caching software should be disabled before
    installing or playing Grand Prix II.
    
    Memory-resident virus checkers (especially those used within Windows
    95) can cause Grand Prix II's installer to crash. Please disable any
    memory-resident software (including DOS-based TSRs).
    
    Grand Prix II should not have any problem with disk compression
    software, such as DriveSpace.
    
    The hardware detection phase may incorrectly identify Pentium Pro,
    Cyrix 686 and Intel MMX machines as using an "Unknown" processor type.
    Simply ignore this message, continue with the installation and the
    game should run fine.
    
    If you have the European version, a multilingual boot disc program is
    included on the CD in a directory called UTILS\BOOTDISC. In the U.S.
    version, the boot disk option is on the main install menu.
    
    
    Installation Problems
    =====================
    
    If the installation program aborts or fails to copy any files, you
    may have either a dirty or faulty CD-ROM. Please clean the CD-ROM
    disc and try again.
    
    Make sure you have enough memory before starting the installation as
    outlined in the hardware detection phase.  Disable any virus checkers.
    
    Microsoft CD-ROM extensions (MSCDEX) should be reporting a version
    2.23 or higher for Grand Prix II to work.
    
    If you are still having problems, we recommend trying a boot disk
    to start your computer before installing the game.
    
    
    Video Card Problems
    ===================
    
    If you have a Matrox Mystique video card, you may experience
    problems with Grand Prix II randomly crashing or activating your
    monitor's "power save" feature. This problem is caused by an
    outdated BIOS on the video card. Please contact Matrox to update
    
    the BIOS on your video card at 800-462-8769. You can download the
    updated BIOS from Matrox's Web site at www.matrox.com or their
    BBS at 514-685-6008.
    
    
    Sound Card Problems
    ===================
    
    If the auto-detect program locks up, reset the machine and try
    reselecting auto-detect from the GP2 directory. If this again
    produces a lockup or crash, try manually selecting your card's
    IRQ, DMA and Port settings. If you are unsure as to what these
    settings are, try typing "SET" from the command prompt or refer
    to your hardware manuals.
    
    If you have a Sound Blaster card, make sure you have the necessary
    device drivers loaded in your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
    It is also important to have a SET line placed in the AUTOEXEC.BAT
    file.
    
    If you are experiencing problems with the program locking up or
    crashing within the 3-D simulation, it could be because the
    auto-detect has wrongly chosen your sound card. Run the sound
    setup program again by typing "SETUP" and select "SoundBlaster
    (original)" or "No Sound."
    
    
    Gravis UltraSound
    -----------------
    The playback quality of the sound test sample may sound garbled.
    This should not affect the playback quality during the game.
    
    ATI Stereo F/X
    --------------
    Grand Prix II is not compatible with this sound card. If you have
    the ATI Stereo F/X, you need to select "No Sound."
    
    Sound Galaxy Pro and Other Sound Blaster 16 Compatible Cards
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    The auto-detect program sometimes wrongly identifies the Sound
    Galaxy Pro as a Sound Blaster 16. You must manually select
    "SoundBlaster" and then enter the correct Port, IRQ and DMA
    settings.
    
    You can also start the game with no sound by typing the following
    command line option: "GP2 Nosound."
    
    
    Windows 95 Problems
    ===================
    Because Grand Prix II was designed and developed to run under
    MS-DOS, you may experience problems running under Windows 95.
    To achieve optimal frame rate and performance levels, it is
    strongly recommended that you reboot in MS-DOS mode.
    
    It is important to ensure all necessary CD-ROM and sound card
    drivers are loaded before attempting to run Grand Prix II.
    Failure to do so may result in the game not loading. (We have
    included the customer service help documents in a directory
    called UTILS\HELPDOCS on the Grand Prix II CD-ROM.)
    
    AutoPlay
    --------
    Some Windows 95 machines do not support AutoPlay. In this case,
    please double-click on your CD-ROM icon and then double-click
    on the install icon.
    
    Windows 95 Keyboards
    --------------------
    On certain video cards, Windows 95 is unable to restore certain
    DOS-based graphical applications such as Grand Prix II. This
    is particularly a problem with the new Windows 95 keyboards
    
    containing the new "Start" and "Windows" keys. If you press
    these keys, Windows suspends Grand Prix II to bring up a
    menu but is then unable to restore the game. The only solution
    to this problem is to run Grand Prix II in MS-DOS mode.
    
    Microsoft Plus
    --------------
    To prevent problems running Grand Prix II, the System Agent
    should be disabled.
    
    Control Method
    ==============
    Included on the Grand Prix II CD-ROM is a directory called
    GPFILES that contains predefined controller files for the
    
    ThrustMaster T2 and GP500 race systems. You can use these as
    examples to set up your own units.
    
    The joystick port built into the Ensoniq Soundscape has a
    known compatibility problem recognizing the GP500 race
    system (which may affect other sticks). There's nothing
    we can do but suggest the use of a game card.
    
    Before calibrating a nonstandard joystick, it is important
    to select  "Control Driven Calibration."
    
    Make sure you select the correct joystick axis. If the red
    calibration dot fails to move, it is more than likely that
    you selected the wrong joystick port.
    
    Be sure to save the controller file.
    
    How to Set Up a ThrustMaster T2 Steering Wheel
    ----------------------------------------------
    From the main menu of Grand Prix II:
    
    1)  Select "Control Method."
    2)  Select "Not Used."
    3)  Select "Advanced Menu."
    4)  Select "Joystick A Horiz" for Steering Device.
    5)  Select "Analog" for Steering Mode.
    6)  Select "Joystick B Horiz" for Acceleration Device.
    7)  Select "Analog" for Acceleration Mode.
    8)  Select "Joystick B Horiz" for Brake Device.
    9)  Select "Switched" for Braking Mode.
    10) Select "Control Driven Calibration" for Control Method.
    
    Do not touch any other settings. You can edit the set name
    to say "T2" or "TMaster" and then save the file. Now
    calibrate the device, and your T2 should work.
    
    
    Software Questions
    ==================
    There is no rain or different weather conditions.
    
    It is not possible to control the car using a mouse.
    
    Grand Prix II does not support the specific use of 3-D
    accelerator cards such as the 3D Blaster from Creative Labs.
    
    Grand Prix II does not support local area networks for
    head-to-head play.
    
    If the game displays the message "Can't start Grand Prix II.
    F1system.dat file damaged or not found," you need to either
    reinstall the game or try running the game with the option
    "GP2 Nostateload."
    
    If the game does not have enough extended memory to run,
    the SVGA detail option will be greyed out. You need to free
    up more memory.
    
    If the game cannot find a VESA driver, the game will run in
    16 colors and the SVGA option will be greyed out. You need
    to load a TSR such as UNIVBE or get a specific VESA driver
    for your video card.
    
    Windows 95 machines with slow (double-speed) CD-ROM drives
    may experience "jumps" or "stutters" in the background music.
    
    We recommend running Grand Prix II in MS-DOS mode.
    
    Remove any video card exclusion zones used at the end of
    the EMM386 line.
    
    
    Modem/Serial Link Problems
    ==========================
    In order to successfully connect Grand Prix II via modems,
    it is necessary to know the correct modem initialization
    strings to turn error correction and compression off. We
    have included some modem initialization strings within the
    game, but these are not guaranteed to work. Look for a
    newer list of modem strings at the end of this FAQ.
    
    Symptons of incorrect strings are a slow frame rate and
    possibly a lockup or crash.
    
    Linking within Windows 95 can cause the system to
    momentarily pause. We recommend running Grand Prix II
    in MS-DOS mode.
    
    The highest baud rate can cause some systems to
    momentarily "hang" or "freeze." Try selecting a lower
    baud rate such as 19200.
    
    While linked, the background music will automatically be
    turned off.
    
    You may find that you need to significantly reduce the
    detail level in order for the game to run at an
    acceptable frame rate. This is because the link takes
    up some processor power.
    
    COM Ports 3 and 4
    -----------------
    During testing, we found that some machines (but not all)
    failed to recognize the presence of COM ports 3 and 4. To
    help solve this, we included a small program called
    COMSETUP in the UTILS\COMSETUP directory on the Grand
    Prix II CD-ROM. To run the program, type "COMSETUP /H"
    at the DOS prompt.
    
    This will bring up a list of available COM ports, their
    various port addresses and some help text. You will need
    to find out what the hex address for COM ports 3 and 4
    are. (This information can be obtained by running MSD or
    Windows 95.) Once you have this info, you need to enter
    the values to the end of the COMSETUP line and rerun
    Grand Prix II. COM 3 or 4 may now be available.
    
    Also make sure a mouse isn't plugged into the
    corresponding COM ports. For example, if a mouse is
    plugged into COM 1, you will be unable to select COM 3
    (likewise for COM ports 2 and 4). If this is the case
    on your system, try linking without a mouse or use the
    command line option: "GP2 linkonmouseport."
    
    Grand Prix II has known problems detecting PCMCIA
    cards. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    
    
    Modem Initialization Strings
    ----------------------------
    The following list contains the initialization strings
    for all the modems that have been tested. If your
    modem is not listed in this list, please refer to your
    modem's manual and enter the appropriate initialization
    strings. We suggest the factory defaults for your modem.
    If that does not work, we recommend turning off data
    compression, error correction and software flow control.
    
      MODEMNAME=DEFAULT
      INITSTRING=
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=9600
    
      MODEMNAME=Boca 28.8 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
    
      MODEMNAME=Cardinal 14.4 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Cardinal 28.8 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
    
      MODEMNAME=Compaq Presario Data/Fax/Voice 14.4
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Gateway Telepath II 14.4 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Generic Rockwell 14.4 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&FF
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Hayes Optima 14.4 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Hayes Ultra 14.4 SmartModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Mitac 14.4 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Motorola Lifestyle 28.8 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
    
      MODEMNAME=Packard Bell 14.4 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Practical Peripherals 14.4 EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=SupraExpress 28.8 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
    
      MODEMNAME=USR Courier 28.8 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
    
      MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 14.4 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
     
      MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 14.4 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
    
      MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 FaxModem INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
     
      MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 DSVD w/Voice INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1-SSE=1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
    
      MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 DSVD w/c Voice INT
      INITSTRING=AT&F1
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400
     
      MODEMNAME=Zoom 14.4 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=19200
    
      MODEMNAME=Zoom 28.8 FaxModem EXT
      INITSTRING=AT&F
      HANGUPSTRING=ATH0
      BAUDRATE=38400